Alabama artist tapped to create veterans memorial

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Athens State University art professor is being tapped to create a bronze statue in a Tennessee park to honor veterans.

Al.com reports that the Giles County Chamber of Commerce leadership class in Pulaski, Tenn., has accepted a proposal for the memorial by artist Pamela Keller.

The memorial in Sharewood Park will feature a life-sized likeness of a man sitting on a park bench holding two dog tags close to his face in his left hand while in meditation. There will be a small American flag in his right hand.

Keller said it’s a privilege to create the memorial. She’s donating half of the artist’s fee to honor her father, a Korean War veteran.

Fundraising is under way. Donations can be made at the Giles County, Tenn., Chamber of Commerce.

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